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Millennials and Missions: A New Song for the Church

TKC!

 

The Church isn’t a club.  It is an organization that exists mainly for the sake of those who do not yet belong.  But reaching out to those on the periphery can be hard.  Does your local parish feel like a “members only” environment? Thankfully, it seems that millennials don’t much like the “club-church” model and are starting something new: the “mission-church” model.

Msgr. Edward J. Theinat Sacred Heart Basilica in downtown Atlanta understood this very well. He enthusiastically supported turning his parish Holy Week into “Mission Week”.  His secret sauce?  Millennials, mission work and music!

A large team of almost 100 young adults from the apostolate Mission Youth came to his parish for Holy Week. What they did was a radical new concept: instead of living Holy Week safely inside the doors of the parish, they took Holy Week out into the streets. They brought the message of Jesus to everyone willing to listen in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, street corners and more.  For this church, gone were the days of passively waiting for people to walk in the door. The kids were “commissioned” at the start of Holy Week during a special ceremony. Afterwards, they literally walked out into the streets!

“We even had our own theme song”, said Emily Roman, a consecrated woman of Regnum Christiwho helped organize the events. “These kids were singing the song as they walked the streets of Atlanta.  It was for me like watching the first apostles at Pentecost leaving the Upper Room!” she said.

The theme song she is referring to was written by a young priest named Fr. John Klein.  His music has a punchy and fast style that appeals to the kids.  During the mission week he could be seen working alongside the kids with his guitar faithfully strapped to his back.   He wrote a song just for the occasion.  “Music is a great way to bring people together and spread the joy of the Gospel.  Going through the streets singing is a reminder to all of us of our mission to spread the joy of the Gospel by first living it ourselves!”said Fr John.

The theme song is called “Movement Rising”.  And they are a movement rising! It is as an overture to a musical score that has begun, revealing what is to come for the Church: millennials and missions.

 

For more information:

How to Set-up a Holy Week Mission

– More info on Mission Youth Missions here.

 

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!